Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

Find works by this artist in the eMuseum collections management system (collections.frick.org).

Link to introductory video for the exhibition 'Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery'

Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection, introduces the exhibition Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery, on view in the East Gallery through February 1, 2015.

close up of painting of monarch wearing intricate red garb and white lace collar
The King at War: Velázquez’s Portrait of Philip IV, October 26 2010 through January 23, 2011
Drawing by Ribera of the Head of a Man with Little Figures on His Head
The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya, October 5, 2010, through January 9, 2011
painting of man being interrupted by angel before sacrificing young male nude
Masterpieces of European Painting from The Cleveland Museum Art, November 8, 2006, through January 28, 2007
Link to video of Michael Gallagher lecture

The Portrait of Philip IV by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660) returned recently from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, having been cleaned for the first time in more than sixty years. The treatment by Michael Gallagher, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paintings Conservation, revealed the dazzling original surface that had been veiled by a yellowing varnish.

Painting of portrait of king philip IV of Spain dressed in the silver-and-rose costume holding staff and broad-brimmed black hat
Velázquez in New York MuseumsNovember 16, 1999 to January 30, 2000

To mark the four-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599–1660), The Frick Collection brought together for the first time six of the Spanish master’s portraits belonging to public collections in New York.

Oil painting of a man in red coat, holding a white stick and black hat.

The King at War: Velázquez's Portrait of Philip IV

October 26, 2010 to January 23, 2011

Painted at the height of Velázquez's career, the Frick's King Philip IV of Spain (1644) is one of the artist's consummate achievements. Contemporary chronicles as well as bills and invoices in Spanish archives indicate that it was painted in a makeshift studio only a few miles from the frontlines of a battle, and that it was completed in just three sittings. The work, which shows its subject dressed in military costume, an atypical depiction, was sent to Madrid where it was used during a victory celebration.